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Golf Australia Express : Issue 19
THE33RD staging of the Australian Masters returns to glorious Victoria Golf Club, the scene of Stuart Appleby’s one-shot victory last year. Since its inception, the Australian Masters has consistently attracted big names from across the globe. Our own Greg Norman won six golden jackets between 1981-90. Other locals to etch their names in Masters history include Ian Baker- Finch, Craig Parry, Richard Green, Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley. And when you add international winners Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods to that list, it’s fair to say the event has a star-studded history. The question now is will this week’s winner emerge from the marquee group of international stars that include Englishmen Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, Italian teen sensation Matteo Manassero or the highest ranked Aussie—and local favourite—Geoff Ogilvy? Or will a new name emerge to kick-start a career? Who knows. Whatever happens, it will be an exciting end to an action-packed 2011. OTG IT DOESN’T get much better than having the current world No.1 headline your golf event. And for organisers, sponsors, spectators and the local golf industry the name Luke Donald may not bring the same fanfare or price tag as Tiger’s 2009 and 2010 visits. But be sure this proud 34-year-old is here to deliver. Determined, unassuming and blessed with one of the strongest mental games, Donald exudes laser-like accuracy with his irons and putts the house down—all qualities suited to a big finish at Vic. IN CONTRAST to his compatriot Donald, Poulter is out there. Way out there. Let’s just say you’ll know when this guy’s in town. Whether the world No. 28 is talking up his game or wearing loud, colourful clothes, this guy is in your face. And he’s great for the game. The 35-year- old adds excitement and intrigue, and when he’s on song, the 11-time European Tour winner brings a killer game to the course. Just ask Donald. Poulter took him down 2&1 to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May. OTG PEEK THE 2011 JBWere Australian Masters December 15-18, 2011 Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Purse: $1,000,000 Defending Champ: Stuart Appleby (AUS) MASTERS CLASS OF ’11 What’s happening on the Australasian Tour this week THE EVENT WHO TO WATCH LUKE DONALD (ENG) IAN POULTER (ENG)